Family Stories

Marriage of Ed Clarkson and Aubin Fry

The wedding announcement for Samuel Edwin Clarkson and Aubin M Fry appeared in the Fort Smith newspaper in April 1899:

At the home of the bride's parents, Wednesday afternoon, Mr Edwin Clarkson and Miss Aubin Fry were united in marriage. Rev WT Allen, pastor of Christ Church, Springfield, Mo officiating. Attendants, Mr J Morris of St Louis and Miss Alice Botefuhr, Mr RM Fry, Jr brother of the bride and Miss Bettie Black.

This beautiful home wedding, witnessed by only a few relatives and intimate friends, marked the beginning, we doubt not, of a union approved by a higher power, to which we all bow in humble submission. No more popular young people have embarked upon the matrimonial sea in our city than the bride and groom of Wednesday afternoon. They are general favorites among old and young, and they carry with them the very best wishes of all.

The groom is the only son of RA Clarkson, the wholesale grocer, and for several years past has held a responsible position as city salesman for J Foster and Company of which firm he is a member. He is a young man of sterling integrity and worth, a pure minded gentleman, honored and respected by all who know him. He has a bright future before him and his friends have enough faith in him to believe that he will rise still higher in the business world.

The bride is the daughter of Mr and Mrs RM Fry and has lived in Fort Smith many years. To know her is to love her. Domestic in her tastes, loving her home and her friends, she is loved by old and young in return, and will prove the helpmate to her husband that God designed a true wife should. Mr Clarkson has drawn a prize in the matrimonial lottery of priceless worth, and she will prove to him a jewel of unfading luster and incomparable loveliness.

The bride and groom were the recipients of many valuable and beautiful presents, among them a chest of solid silver, tea and table spoons, knives and forks, sent by an uncle [probably Thomas Slaughter Fry and his wife Mary Shorter] of the bride who resides in Mobile Alabama.

Mr and Mrs Clarkson left on the Cannon Ball for St Louis and Chicago. They will return about May 1.